Silver completes Manyonga's fairy tale

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Luvo Manyonga wins silver (Getty)
Luvo Manyonga wins silver (Getty)

Rio de Janeiro - When an athlete misses out on an Olympic gold medal by one centimetre - especially after leading at the business end of a competition - you might expect him to be disappointed.

But 25-year-old Luvo Manyonga was absolutely buzzing after winning silver in the long jump at the Olympic Stadium in Rio on Saturday night (Sunday morning, SA time). 

Manyonga took the lead with his fourth attempt when he jumped 8.28m, and then when he bettered that to 8.37m with his fifth attempt it looked like Team South Africa was on course for its first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics.  

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